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Brian Gleeson
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Personal information
Birth 3 November 1934 (1934-11-03) (age 75)
Recruited from Berrigan Football Club
Height and weight 188cm / 81.5kg
Playing career¹
Debut 1953, St Kilda vs. , at
Team(s) St Kilda (1953-1957)

71 games, 47 goals

¹ Statistics to end of 2005 season
Career highlights

Brian Gleeson (born 3 November 1934) is a former Australian rules footballer in the VFL.

Gleeson attended St Patrick's College, Ballarat and later played with St Kilda at Centre half-forward initially. He developed into a skilful and agile ruckman, winning the Brownlow medal in 1957. In the Melbourne evening paper The Herald, 29 August 1957 Gleeson said: "We are just like a family at St Kilda," he said. "We depend on teamwork and we bring each other into the game. Coach Alan Killigrew is responsible for that and the officials and supporters have given us encouragement and confidence."

Appointed club captain in 1958, he tragically injured a knee in a practice match and never played VFL football again.

Gleeson and 1961 Brownlow Medal winner John James, (who also finished third to Gleeson in 1957), played in the same school team.

References

Preceded by
Peter Box
Brownlow Medallist
1957
Succeeded by
Neil Roberts
Preceded by
Keith Drinan
St Kilda Best and Fairest
1957
Succeeded by
Neil Roberts
Preceded by
Keith Drinan
St Kilda Captain
1958
Succeeded by
Neil Roberts

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